Tunisia leaves a growing number of embassies empty
There are currently 21 vacant positions in the Tunisian diplomatic corps, most recently, Ambassador Moez Sinaoui, who left Rome mid-September when his posting expired.
Less than a year after the Tunisian parliament was suspended, President Kais Saied's supporters are hoping to win a majority in the house at the end of the year. To do so, they have been federating their numbers via the hundreds of local factions headed by a national entity.
The Tunisian government is seeking a relaxing of the conditions for the disbursement of a tranche of the €300m that the EU has earmarked for macro-financial assistance. But community institutions are still concerned at some of the political measures being taken by Kais Saied.
Hassan Bedhief, former economic adviser to Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed, has finally been able to leave Carthage Palace. His resignation was accepted by the president after being submitted in December to his former chief of staff Nadia Akacha.
MEPs are meeting with President Kais Saied and leading political figures in Tunis this week. In anticipation of their trip, two diplomats - the director general for Europe Khalil Tazarki and Mustapha Nebli, a former member of the president's cabinet - were in Strasbourg to clear the air.